Public access stations airing several local religious offerings
You might not have noticed it in the listings, but a service at South River's All Hallows Episcopal Church was on television. All Hallows is one of several religious organizations taking advantage of cable access.
An All Hallows Sunday service was videotaped and broadcast twice last month, to begin what the parish rector hopes will become regular appearances on Anne Arundel Community Television's public access channels.
Lillian Armstrong, a member of a parish video-production team, said All Hallows plans to tape its Christmas Eve midnight Mass, and services Jan. 28 and Feb. 28, for subsequent Sunday broadcasts on Comcast's Channel 20 and Millennium Digital's Channel 99.
The public access channels are used the rest of week for programming by the county government and community college.
All Hallows' production team has grown to six volunteers trained to operate the video equipment through the county Telecommunications Department, which also lends the equipment to the church.
The training and equipment are provided free for religious groups and nonprofit organizations, said Michael Hannon, the department's community services manager.
Regular shows on Sundays include a House of Yahweh program, produced in Texas but locally sponsored, at 3 p.m.; "Positive Rock," a program of Christian rock music videos put together by a Crofton resident, at 6 p.m.; Light of the World Church in Annapolis at 7 p.m.; Good Hope Through Grace, inspirational messages by an Annapolis-area resident, at 8 p.m.; and Christian Spot, a program put together by a Fort Meade resident, at 9 p.m.
The Rev. John Miles Evans, rector of All Hallows, said he hopes to lock in a 4 p.m. time slot for regular showings of All Hallows' church services.